Chapel Chat

January 23, 2020

Squaw Valley Chapel, United Church of Christ

FROM PASTOR JAMES         A few random thoughts to share:The Finance Committee and church leadership ask that our members keep their pledges current through hibernation.  There is a temptation to “hibernate” on our contributions as well but this year it’s important for us all to maintain our regular giving.  If you’re not making electronic deposits, please mail your regular contributions to:

Squaw Valley Chapel

PO Box 2472

Olympic Valley, CA  96146

Our prayers go out to the families of those recently killed in avalanches at Alpine Meadows, Northstar, and other national ski areas.  This is a difficult year for this hazard and we pray for everyone’s safety for the rest of this season.

We are considering the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the Chapel. None of us are getting any younger and this is a reasonable precaution for us to take considering how many people visit the Chapel each year. One source explains that, “Ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, and asystole rapidly lead to irreversible brain damage and death, once cardiac arrest takes place. After approximately three to five minutes in cardiac arrest, irreversible brain/tissue damage may begin to occur. For every minute that a person in cardiac arrest goes without being successfully treated (by defibrillation), the chance of survival decreases by 7 percent per minute in the first 3 minutes, and decreases by 10 percent per minute as time advances beyond 3 minutes.”  One ER doctor I consulted on the idea called it a “no-brainer” (and I don’t think he was making a pun). Please let me know if you’re interested in helping us acquire this important first aid tool or if you have any questions about this idea. Thank you!

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PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for; Carole Keim, Bill and Susie Steele, Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Friends and Family of Gisela Steiner, Jan Brougher, Peggy Wiseman, Grace and Ted Norgard, Hannah Halvorsen, and Pat Castellucci. Thank you!

HIBERNATION!   Our annual break for the heaviest part of winter and the ski season began last week and resumes March 15 at 11:00 a.m.    Here are some important 2020 dates for your planning:

·         March 15 – Resume worship services (starting at 11:00)

·         April 5 (Palm Sunday) – Resume worship at 10:00 am

·         April 12 (Easter Sunday) –8:00 service at High Camp and 10:00 service in the Chapel

As always, check the weekly Chapel Chat for any changes!


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A Prayer Just for This Week:  As the people of Australia continue to fight the bushfires there, we keep hearing stories about the unimaginable loss of animals and their habitat.  We know there are myriad factors contributing to this situation and that it a global problem. This prayer is intended for Earth Day but if you’re willing, we can pray to make every day Earth Day.  It’s from the National Council of Churches (NCC) Earth Day Sunday 2001 resource packet.  You can visit their website at:

Creator God, you make all things

and weave them together in an intricate tapestry of life.

Teach us to respect the fragile balance of life and to care for all the gifts of your creation.

Guide by your wisdom those who have power and authority,

that, by the decisions they make, life may be cherished

and a good and fruitful Earth may continue to show your glory and sing your praises.

Almighty God,

you have called us to tend and keep the garden of your creation.

Give us wisdom and reverence for all your plants and animals who share this planet with us and whose lives make possible our own.

Help us to remember that they too love the sweetness of life and join with us in giving you praise. Amen.

From Resources for The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and throughout the year (2011) and posted on the World Council of Churches website.


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