PARISH NOTES: Week of December 1, 2019 


“Let’s Talk about Diabetes” with Pamela Cross, Health Educator/Health Minister during Coffee Hour immediately following service. Sponsored by St. Monnica’s Guild.

Also, I’m trying to get to know the members of the church and would love to meet for lunch or breakfast or coffee and get to know each of you better!


Taize Prayer Service, 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Wednesdays during Advent. A contemplative prayer service coming from the Taize Community, an ecumenical Christian monastic fraternity in the city of Taize, near Burgundy, France. Through the community’s ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation. Come experience God anew in an ancient prayer service.


George Hill, Barbara Redmond


  • AA Meeting, Monday, December 9@8: 00 pm
  • Bible Study, Wednesday, December 11 @ 6:30 pm
  • AA Meeting, Thursday, December 12 @8: 00 pm
  • One Good Meal Food Distribution, Saturday, Dec.14@10am
  • Service, Sunday, December 15@10: 00 am

Food Pantry Support Item Of The Week

    Blankets are needed for the homeless       

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers willing to take a turn transporting people to church who need assistance getting here. Ideally, we’d get a group together so each person would serve once a month in this way. If you are interested in joining the Sunday Transportation Team, please contact Rev. Jim at      


Important Dates in 2020!!

Monday, February 17, 2020...Last date to register/re-register to vote (if name or address change)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020...California Presidential Primary

Tuesday, November 3, 2020....Presidential Election



December 8, 2019* The Mary Testament by Colm Toibin

January 12, 2020 Have a Little Faith: A True Story by Mitch Albom

February 9, 2020 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

March 8, 2020 The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien

April 19, 2020 Invisible by Stephen L Carter

May 17, 2020* Oakland Noir edited by Jerry Thompson

June 14, 2020 There There by Tommy Orange

September 13, 2020 These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

QUESTIONS: Phyllis or Susan can help.


 Sunday, December 1st          

First Sunday Jazz Mass Service – 10:00 am

Sunday, December 1st          

“Let’s Talk about Diabetes” with Pamela Cross, Health Educator/Health Minister, Coffee Hour in Trinity Chapel, Sponsored by St. Monnica’s Guild

Wednesday, December 4th, 11th, 18th, 6:30 pm       

Taize Prayer Service, 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Wednesdays in Advent. A contemplative prayer service coming from the Taize Community, an ecumenical Christian monastic fraternity in the city of Taize, near Burgundy, France. Through the community’s ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation. Come experience God anew in an ancient prayer service.

Sunday, December 22nd   10:00 AM Fourth Sunday in Advent –

THE GREENING  - following Service

 Tuesday, December 24th           

Christmas Eve Service – 7pm


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Stuff you should know


07/30/2019 06:58 pm ET Updated 1 day ago National Cathedral On Trump’s Racist Comments: ‘Have We No Decency?’

Faith leaders said Tuesday that the president’s history of racism and his recent remarks about Baltimore are “a clarion call, and give cover, to white supremacists.”

By Sanjana Karanth

Leaders of the Washington National Cathedral have joined the voices denouncing President Donald Trump for attacking Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and labeling his majority-black district a “rodent infested mess.”

The Episcopal cathedral released a statement on Tuesday from Revs. Mariann Edgar Budde, Randolph Marshall Hollerith and Kelly Brown Douglas calling Trump’s comments “dangerous” and “more than a ‘dog-whistle.’”

“When such violent dehumanizing words come from the President of the United States, they are a clarion call, and give cover, to white supremacists who consider people of color a sub-human ‘infestation’ in America,” the statement reads. “They serve as a call to action from those people to keep America great by ridding it of such infestation. Violent words lead to violent actions.”

A response to @realDonaldTrump from @Mebudde, @Rhollerith and @DeanKBD @ @WNCathedral:

"The question is less about the president's sense of decency, but of ours." 

 Trump has consistently attacked Cummings, a black lawmaker whose district includes parts of Baltimore. Cummings chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee and has been a vocal Trump critic, recently denouncing the administration’s treatment of migrants at in border detention centers.

Trump’s comments have provoked backlash from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who called the remarks racist, and the Baltimore Sun’s editorial board, which published a scathing op-ed saying it was “better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood” than to be one.

The National Cathedral’s leaders compared Trump to Joseph McCarthy, the Republican senator from Wisconsin who stoked anti-communist fears in the 1950s to stay in the political spotlight. In 1954, then-U.S. Army attorney Joseph Welch asked McCarthy on live television, “Have you no sense of decency?”

“In retrospect, it’s clear that Welch’s question was directed less toward McCarthy and more to the nation as a whole,” the cathedral said. “Had Americans had enough? Where was our sense of decency?” 

The faith leaders encouraged people to find their “sense of decency” and not stay silent in the face of Trump’s racism.

Kelly Brown Douglas@DeanKBD

As Donald Trump continues to shout dehumanizing, violent and racist words from the most powerful office in the land, we all must transform our silence into words and action.

 “As leaders of faith who believe in the sacredness of every single human being, the time for silence is over,” their statement read, adding, “To stay silent in the face of such rhetoric is for us to tacitly condone the violence of these words.”

The cathedral has been outspoken about the administration’s controversial policies before, denouncing the transgender military ban, the decision to weaken the Johnson Amendment, and family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. But the statement on Tuesday appears to be the first time the cathedral has called the president’s words bigoted and racist.

Urge Congress to Fund Gun Violence Research

Advocate for Congress to fund gun violence research. The Office of Government Relations, in partnership with Bishops United Against Gun Violence, is calling on Episcopalians to support this funding.

The House is expected to approve a funding bill that includes $50 million, to be divided between the Centers for Disease Control and National Institute for Health, for studies into all aspects of gun violence and prevention. The legislation faces hurdles as the Senate negotiates internally and then the two chambers negotiate with each other – your Senators need to hear that you want this funding defended!

Join us in calling on the Senate to provide funding to research gun violence!

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Parishioners in the News:

Architect Dan Parolek has ideas for solving the Bay Area housing crisis. His vision and the work his design firm is doing can be found in an excellent feature article printed in the San Francisco Chronicle on June 6th. Here is the link to the article:

Anne Price, President of the Insight Center For Community Economic Development, recently joined MSNBC’s Ali Velshi to discuss why the racial wealth gap still exists, and why racial wealth disparity involves issues well beyond America’s education system. The video can be seen here:

Hear us, Lord; For your mercy is great.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

We will exalt you, O God our King; and praise your Name forever and ever.

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