8:00am The Traditional Eucharist 9:30am The Joyful Noise Eucharist 10:30am The Musical Eucharist
From the Rector- Morning Prayer with Good Shepherd We have started praying at Good Shepherd, Belmont for morning prayer on Tuesday. Their Vicar, Michael has also come and prayed with us at Transfiguration on Wednesday and Thursday as his calendar allows. We just started doing this in September, as an attempt to support a neigboring parish and grow our praying community. We are really enjoying it and it is creating space for conversation with other Episcopalians trying to serve our community just down the road.
Healing - 12 steps One of the conversations I have had with Michael on a Tuesday morning was about the 12 step groups that meet in the Good Shepherd parish hall. They have the longest consistenly meeting 12 step group in the US meeting in their hall, and between Christmas and New Years they have one 12 step meeting on the hour every hour for those who need support at that time of year. It is a great gift to the community, and reminded me that we also offer space to 12 step groups, and they are a place of profound healing in our community.
This realization inspired me to want to bring the wisdom of the 12 steps program to our wider worshiping community through the Prayers of the People at 10:30am today. I have had a lively and moving conversation over email with our healing team. We acknowledged that this could be a difficult subject, but in reflecting on it I decided that I would like to use these prayers - because they are profound and get to the heart of much human suffering. They also offer wisdom that can help all of us move towards healing and wholeness.
We have not invited anyone from any of our 12 step groups to join with us, as it is essential to honor the anonymity of the 12 step community - but please be aware people who will have used 12 steps meetings will be worshiping with you this Sunday morning, and for them, these steps are an important framework for living life and growing spiritually. Please be open to whatever wisdom they bring to you.
What we learned this week Monica and I have been at Pneuma this week. I was leading worship and teaching some workshops, Monica was able to fully enter into the learning experience of the conference. This is a conference for Christian Educators on the West Coast of the US. We listened to Eric Law talk about ‘Holy Currencies’ - which are his metaphor for building sustainable long term ministries. The experience was very inspiring and both Monica and I will be reflecting on his models and would be happy to talk to you about what we learned.
Announcement sheet reflections During the summer the announcement sheet dropped down to two pages from four. We went back up to four pages for the program year launch - but that is not our prefered model as we are using a lot a paper and we think we could come up with a more environmentally sustainable model.
We are putting a lot of our information for the week on the web site - and would love to know where you get your church information. Do you get it on the web? Do you get it in the announcement sheet? Do you get it by word of mouth? Do you get it in Sunday announcements?
I have had feedback that says you like the weekly letter from me and would like to keep getting that, and not have it shortened. My working proposal (which is open to change) is as follows:
1. We move to having a more extensive printed announcement sheet (more like a parish magazine) on the first Sunday of the month that contains all of the information for the month.
2. We reduce all other weeks of the month to a single two-sided sheet and only put essential weekly items in the announcement sheet on these Sundays.
3. We retain a Rector’s letter every week - but add new voices on the first Sunday of the month.
4. We continue to put information on the web site and try to discern whether we can rely on that as a means of communication - or whether we need to retain a printed announcement sheet for the forseeable future.
Let me know what you think.
Wondering Together I am so grateful for the work on this program in our parish life. The conversations are under way and the feedback I am getting from the co-ordinator, Virginia Fox, is excellent. Thank you for everyone who is putting so much work into this project.
Oktoberfest and Stewardship We are about to enter into Stewardship Season, I am excited to share Oktoberfest with you and to have a conversation about resourcing our ministry for the year to come. Please come along to Oktoberfest next Saturday and be aware that there will be a silent auction with some excellent items to bid on. The Finance Committee wants you to know that the funds raised at the silent auction will be used to enhance our youth ministry in the year to come.
News & Announcements OKTOBERFEST - this Saturday, October 24th! Come one and all to Oktoberfest at Transfiguration Episcopal Church! Saturday, October 24th , 4:00pm in the Parish Hall, $10 per plate*, at the door We’ll be serving Bratwurst, Sprussen, Pretzels, Himmel und Erde... Traditional German fare. There will be frankfurt sausages (hotdogs) and kaese spaetzle (OK.. mac & cheese) for the kids. Beverages of every kind for all. It’s the 205th wedding anniversary of King Ludwig (the 1st) to Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. But it’s also the kickoff of our Stewardship campaign! We will also be holding a silent auction to support the work of our youth ministry in the year to come. Come be sociable, eat well und trinken Sie ein Bier oder Limonade! (*ten dollars is a requested donation but we will accept any amount, and suggest no families pay more than $25) HOME & HOPE WALK RUN COMING UP IN NOVEMBER The 3rd Annual “The Journey Home” Walk/Run Fundraising Event is to be held on Sunday, November 8th at 1:00pm at Seal Point Park in San Mateo. This is a sponsored event to raise funds for Home & Hope. Let Matthew or Dace Samta know if you want to participate. Distil - for the Fall Distil (young adult group) will have a new format for the Fall - faith conversation around the dinner table! Sunday night potluck dinners, 6:15-8pm: NEXT Sunday, Oct. 25th - “On Thor and Food” at Dawn’s in Palo Alto Sunday, Nov. 29th - “Muddy Field vs. Bright Field” Sunday, Dec. 20th - “Fast and Slow” Distil is also still hosting Sanctuary Yoga with yogi, Yael. Please join us for yoga on Thurdays, Oct. 22nd, Nov. 12th and Dec. 10th, 6:15-7:15pm. Questions? Speak to Dawn Bailey. LEGACY SOCIETY PARTY On Sunday, November 1st, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. the Endowment Committee is hosting a “Thank You Party” for Legacy Society members and others in our community who have made long term commitments to Transfiguration. While the group is enjoying refreshments at the home of Ruth Ciranni, special guest Amanda Kierman, JD, will give us food for thought. At Notre Dame University, Amanda obtained a law degree with a focus on trusts, estates, tax and nonprofit law. She is now the Planned Giving Officer of our Diocese and will talk to us about “Philanthropy and Intergenerational Wealth.” If you would like to attend this party, RSVP to Ruth Ciranni. All are welcome!
TRANSFIG FIREFLIES Fireflies, a preschooler play group (ages 0-5), meets in the parish hall every Thursday, 10am-noon. The group is free and everyone is invited, church member or not. We have a play time, story time with musical instruments, healthy snacks and finish with a craft project and/or game activity. We have fun, make new friends and share our joy, wisdom and sometimes frustrations of family life with other parents and caregivers. Stop by and check us out. Even if you do not have the children in this age group, please, let your friends, neighbors and family members of preschool age children know that we would love to welcome them at our playgroup. Questions? Contact Dace Samta.
Transfiguration Preschool Openings Our preschool is still registering new students for this year and would welcome anyone from the parish to enquire, particularly in the three year old class. Please pass along the information to friends and neighbors. For details please look at the web site. and contact our director Karen Indorante for more details.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Mary Castiglia on Monday, Geoff Lime on Tuesday, Nancy Burnett and Aidan Jobe Sea on Friday.
Fall 2015 at Transfiguration - Mark Your Calendars! Various dates in October Wondering Together dinners (questions? see Virginia Fox) Thursday, October 22, 6:15pm Sanctuary Yoga, sponsored by Distil, in the church Saturday, October 24, 4-7pm Oktoberfest at Transfiguration in the Parish Hall Sunday, November 1, 10am Dia De Los Muertos (All Souls/All Saints Day) One parish-wide worship service at 10am Sunday, November 29 The First Sunday of Advent Sunday, November 29 (pm) Home and Hope Hosting Week in the Parish Hall thru Sunday, December 6 (am) Sunday, December 6 Lessons and Carols Community Eucharist at 10am Sunday, December 13 Bishop Marc Andrus visitation at Transfiguration Saturday, December 19, 4-6pm Snow Day at Transfiguration Thursday, December 24, 5pm Christmas Eve Joyful Noise Eucharist and Pageant Thursday, December 24, 10pm Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist Friday, December 25, 10am Christmas Day Eucharist
Regularly Scheduled programs: Morning Prayer Tuesday mornings at 9am @ Good Shepherd, Belmont (with Good Shepherd, Belmont)Wednesday mornings at 9am@ Transfiguration Thursday mornings at 9am@ Transfiguration
Gospel Preview Wednesday mornings, 10:30 - noon in the Parish Hall (bible study and conversation)
Transfig Fireflies Thursday mornings, 10am - noon in the Parish Hall (playgroup for 0-5 yr olds and their caregivers)
Sanctuary Yoga, sponsored by Distil 2nd Thursdays, 6:15 - 7:15pm in the church
NightSong, a Young Adult evening with Bishop Marc Second Tuesdays, 7pm in Berkeley Financial Basics for Young Adults (3-session program) Tuesdays, Oct. 20, 27 & Nov. 3 in S www.diocal.org/discipleship/young-adults
LOOKING AHEAD in 2016: Men’s Retreat@ St. Dorothy’s Rest Friday, January 8 - Sunday, January 10 Annual Meeting and Brunch Sunday, January 31 (following parish-wide 10am service) Women’s Retreat@ The Bishop’s Ranch Friday, February 26 - Sunday, February 28 Parish Retreat @ The Bishop’s Ranch Friday, August 19 - Sunday, August 21 Ministry Acknowledgments 8:00 The Traditional Eucharist Presider & Preacher: The Rev. Matthew Woodward Lector: Betty Strombom Usher: Gari Patton Coffee Hour: Maxine Olson 9:30am The Joyful Noise Eucharist Presider: The Rev. Monica Whitaker Storyteller: Imogen Sanders Coffee Hour: The Bakken Family 10:30am The Community Eucharist Presider & Preacher: The Rev. Matthew Woodward Acolytes: Eve Kearns, Josie Kearns, Louisa Kearns Eucharistic Ministers: Barbara Carlisle, Patt Montgomery Lectors: Deborah Adams (Scripture), Skip Howie (Prayers) Director of Music: Eric Choate Welcoming/Greeting: Skip and Sarah Howie Kids Club: Kristen Kearns, Silvio Del Rosso Chapel Time: Monica Whitaker, Bob Adams Childcare: Veer Singh, Nikki Singh Coffee Hour: Phuong Thai and Greg Spurrier
Altar Flowers: Hayes Bakken Altar Guild: Ruth Leijon, Betty Strombom, Tania Philipp Sunday Bankers: Jan Jensen, Gari Patton
Dedication The Altar Flowers today are given to the Glory of God by the Bakken Family in thanksgiving for life, health and family.
This Week Sunday, October 18 The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost Feast of St. Luke 8am The Traditional Eucharist 9:30am The Joyful Noise Eucharist 10:30am The Musical Eucharist with healing ministry Monday, October 19 3:15pm Snake Dragon Club -Japanese language storytime(classrooms) 7pm FA Meeting (Parish Hall) Tuesday, October 20 9am Morning Prayer (at Good Shepherd, Belmont) 6:30pm New Millennium Chamber Orchestra rehearsal (Church) 7pm AA Meeting (Parish Hall) Wednesday, October 21 9am Morning Prayer (Chapel) 10:30am Gospel Preview Bible Study (Parish Hall) 3:15 -5:45pm Looking Glass Korean Learning Center (classrooms) 4-5:30pm Looking Glass Korean LearningCenter (Parish Hall) Thursday, October 22 9am Morning Prayer (Chapel) 10:30am Transfig Fireflies (Parish Hall) 6:15pm Sanctuary Yoga (Church) Friday, October 23 5:30-8:30pmFriday Hangout, Integrated Missions for Kids (Parish Hall) Saturday, October 24 8:45 -11:15am Looking Glass Korean LearningCenter (classrooms) 11am-2pm Private Event(Kawato) (Parish Hall) 4-7pm Oktoberfest at Transfiguration (Parish Hall) Sunday, October 25 The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost 8am The Traditional Eucharist 9:30am The Joyful Noise Eucharist 10:30am The Musical Eucharist
COMING UP: Sunday, November 1, 10am Dia De Los Muertos (All Saints Day) One parish-wide worship service at 10am