Chapel Chat

Chapel Chat is a weekly publication of the Squaw Valley Chapel, United Church of Christ

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January 10, 2019

FROM PASTOR JAMES        It was SO weird to not have worship last Sunday!  Marilyn and I were in touch for three days watching the weather forecasts, struggling with the decision of whether or not we should meet.  Finally, we decided to err on the side of safety and from what I’ve heard, it was a good decision.  I missed you all!  This Sunday, we’ll have our last service before hibernation and we’ll have the communion celebration we missed last week.  Remember…we’ll also have our potluck lunch and quarterly congregational meeting so I look forward to seeing you for service at noon and plenty of fellowship afterward.  Have a great weekend!

HIBERNATION!   Can you believe it?  Easter next year is almost as late as it can possibly be so we had to scratch our heads and check the signs and come up with our best guess as to how to manage our Hibernation period this winter.  This is what we have for you:

  • January 13 WORSHIP BEGINS AT NOON.   Last Sunday of worship to include potluck lunch and first Quarterly Congregational Meeting
  • March 17 – Resume worship services (starting at Noon)
  • April 14 (Palm Sunday) – Resume worship at 10:00 am
  • April 21 (Easter Sunday) – Still planning for 8:00 service at High Camp and 10:00 service in the Chapel

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

ARE YOU SPENDING THE WINTER AWAY FROM TAHOE-TRUCKEE?  We record the worship service each Sunday and post it on our web site:  Go to the menu and then to “Worship”.  You can listen to this Sunday’s sermon or choose from a few recent ones.



Many thanks to these people for helping with worship this Sunday:  

Scripture Reading: Jo Scott

Refreshments: Potluck

Greeters:  Open

PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for; Bill and Susie Steele, Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Marie Clukey, Gisela Steiner, Diane and Brad Harris, Peggy Wiseman, and Beth Wiseman.

PROJECT MANA: We are continuing our Sunday donations for MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Available) which are distributed daily to the surrounding communities of Incline Villages, Kings Beach, Truckee, Tahoe City and to folks in need who are homebound.  There is a basket under the sign-in table and Karen Kimball or the Holtebecks will pick up weekly, but we’re making it way too easy for them!   Let’s fill it up!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

We will continue to sort the donations each week to deliver what is appropriate to the Family Resource Center and to MANA as well.  The Family Resource Center appreciates warm socks, T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. for the homeless.


Sunday, January 13, 2019, Service starts at NOON, followed by a potluck lunch and quarterly business meeting after worship

Sunday, January 20, HIBERNATION BEGINS AND WORSHIP RESUMES Sunday, March 17 at noon


A Prayer in the Midst of Winter

      by Cal Wick


The holidays are past and the winter solstice is behind us but the days remain cold and short while the sun seems feeble in its attempt to shine on and warm the earth.  It’s easy to think that God and God’s life-giving energy is far away.  This prayer reminds us that God’s light and love is still with us…always!


In the midst of Winter,

when the days are cold and wind can pierce

….. remind us of the warmth of your love.

In the midst of Winter,

when days are short, dawn comes late, and dusk arrives early

….. remind us that in the darkness your light still shines.

In the midst of Winter,

when the flowers of spring still lie hidden in the earth,

when leaves are off the trees,

and the world can seem bleak

….. remind us that Easter is but a short time away.

And when in our lives

we feel as if we are experiencing a season of winter,

reach out to us with the power of your resurrection

so that we may feel the warmth of your love

and see your light

that alone can take away the darkness of our soul. Amen.