Advent November 29
Giving Tree Donations
Eclipsing Empire - Tuesday Class
Worship Services During Advent
Advent, the season of preparation for Christmas, begins on Sunday, November 29. We'll be lighting Advent candles in worship, and you can come make your own in the afternoon that day or pick up supplies to take home at our Advent Wreath Event. Other important dates include the Christmas Pageant on December 13 in worship, Festival Sunday on December 20, and Christmas Eve services at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m., all on Zoom. We are also planning an in person Vespers service on Tuesday, December 22 at 7;00 p.m. in our Memorial Garden, as we prepare for Christmas.
Maya Angelou Poetry Advent Devotional
During our Advent worship services, we will share a poem each week from Maya Angelou, using suggestions from this Advent Devotional you can download for your own use. Her poetry often stands in the shadows and writes of the light. She boldly insists on blessedness and freedom, even as she confronts the pain and injustice of the world. In this Advent devotional, scripture and Angelou's poetry together point us toward weekly practices that can help deepen and enrich our experience of the season. While you can find her poetry online, you may also wish to purchase Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry.
Advent Art Forum
Kathy Terry will show beautiful images of the Christmas story in masterpieces through the history of art after worship on November 29. She will focus on lovely angels and solemn Magi, who anticipate and celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. It should be a fun way to share the Christmas spirit as we begin the Advent season.
The Advent Wreath Event
Don your favorite face mask and join us on November 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. as we kick off the advent season with our annual Advent Wreath event! This year’s wreath making will take place in the courtyard. Please share your table only with family or people within your social bubble and remove masks only if mutually agreed upon. We will enjoy piano music from Joe, snacks and drinks and our customary readings. This Ed Board-hosted event will end with the lighting of the first Advent candle. In case of rain, we will move the event inside the social hall with the doors open. Take-home Advent wreath kits will be available at church at 1pm on 11/29 and we can also deliver a kit to your home, if needed. With questions, to place a kit delivery or to RSVP (to ensure adequate spacing), please contact Gina Parks 650-387-2952.
The Giving Tree is a wonderful tradition our church has sustained over many years through the support of our Outreach Board. Because of the changes in our lives with Covid-19 we will have a “Virtual Tree” this year. The seven charities we support are asking for gift cards and cash donations so that they can grant gift wishes for needy children, teens and adults in our local community. Our goal is to raise $10,500 to purchase 210 $50 gifts. There are two ways to donate. You can go to the FCCPA Website and click on the Giving Tree Link. There you will see our “Virtual Tree” and you can donate through PayPal. Checks are also accepted, made out to FCCPA with “Giving Tree” in the memo line. Hopefully by our last day of giving on Nov. 30th our tree will be stripped of its ornaments and our goal will be reached. The agencies we are supporting are Gatepath-Abilities United, Ecumenical Hunger Program, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County - Kinship Support Program, MayView Community Health Center, Opportunity Center Youth, and Puente de la Costa Sur. If you have any questions please contact Marilyn Putney.
Join us on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in December, January, and February to view and discuss the DVD series "Eclipsing Empire", featuring Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. Ben Roberts will facilitate. This is the follow-on series to "First Light" (which was viewed last spring) and focuses on the Apostle Paul and the Roman world into which Paul preached the messages of Jesus and the newly-formed church communities. The twelve sessions explore the Roman empire as the matrix which surrounded the early beginnings of the Christian faith and Paul's mission, character, vocation, ethics, and theology. Borg and Crossan provide much needed context for and interpretation of Paul as the most influential and consequential (and perhaps most misunderstood) of Jesus' apostles. Sessions will be held on December 1 and 15, January 5 and 19, and February 2 and 16, all at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome, especially if you did not attend the "First Light" sessions. You do not need to attend all sessions and it will be possible to view recordings of any of the sessions after they occur. If you would like session materials sent to you in advance, please send an email to Ben Roberts.